Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reckless Hope by J. Leigh Bailey

Reckless Hope by J. Leigh Bailey

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: What's life without a little risk?

Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.

Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself.

A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him.

Review: J. Leigh Bailey writes really good and quite steamy m/m fiction. These books do have mature moments and sex scenes, but that's never what they are all about. In Reckless Hope, Micah and Sebastian hook up because Micah needs a release and he doesn't think Sebastian will ever be the type to want something serious. Of course, that's not the case. Sebastian lives life on the edge and he's still mourning his brother's death, but he finds something in Micah and he wants more than just the physical.

For Micah, he deserves a relationship and he should have someone who is there for him and will help him when he needs it. However, he has two part time jobs, school part time, and he then cares for his little sister and mom, who is paralyzed from an accident. There is a lot that he has to deal with and Micah doesn't think he can handle any more.

Both Micah and Sebastian deal with a lot of back and forth throughout the book, but you know they will end up together and it was never overly frustrating. The biggest hurdles in the book are in Micah's life, though there are moments of concern and emotion in Sebastian's life. I'll even admit that I cried during a moment between Sebastian and his grandfather.

Reckless Hope was a quick, emotional, and endearing read. You're sure to fall for Sebastian and Micah, both on their own and together.


Melliane said...

I'm glad to see you're always having a good time with this author.

Blogoratti said...

A fine review, thanks for sharing!

Tracy Terry said...

Hmm, another book featuring a character named Sebastian. Seemingly an 'in name' at the moment, my last three books have featured Sebastian's.

Kindlemom said...

I love quick endearing reads! Great review Lauren!

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I like a good bit of angst though, so I can deal with the back and forth.